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The Scottish Housing News Podcast

The Scottish Housing News Podcast

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Former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black and Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay discuss the latest news and chat to influential figures from Scotland's social housing sector.
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18 - The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness with Jack Rillie

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20 - Homes for Scotland's new CEO Jane Wood
Ahead of Homes for Scotland's Annual Conference 2022, Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay speak to the organisation's new CEO Jane Wood who is just three months into her new post. We discuss developer contributions and the recent Homes for Scotland research on the extent of affordable housing contributions by private developers, NPF4 and the availability of land, as well as the need to define modern methods of construction and whether innovation has progressed to desired levels. The conversation moves on to the impact a potential long-term rent freeze could have on house building and the upcoming Housing Bill and we round up with a preview of the Annual Conference. Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/
29:16
September 20, 2022
19 - Future of the high rise with Stephen Llewellyn, Debra Campbell and Mairi Clark
Ahead of a BiteSize Briefing on the Future of High Rise Housing to be held later this month, Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay lead a roundtable discussion on the topic with SHARE's learning & development officer Debra Campbell, who is organising the event, Stephen Llewellyn, head of housing solutions at North Lanarkshire Council, and Mairi Clark, marketing and events officer at SHARE and herself a high-rise tenant. Stephen talks at length about North Lanarkshire Council's decision to demolish all 48 tower blocks over the next 25 years and its ongoing consultation with residents. Also, the panel share their experiences (both good and bad) of living in high rise homes. Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-future-of-the-high-rise Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/
35:52
September 05, 2022
18 - The Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness with Jack Rillie
Jack Rillie is the man charged with leading a new Alliance which aims to eradicate homelessness by 2030. According to Jack, if the same service providers are delivering the same services in 8 years' time as they do at the moment then he'll have "monumentally failed" in his job. Only a few days into his new post, Jack joined Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay and co-host Jimmy Black to discuss the challenge ahead. Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-the-challenge-of-ending-homelessness-in-glasgow Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/
33:08
August 29, 2022
17 - Evictions and the Coronavirus Recovery and Reform Act with Daryl McIntosh, Mercedes Villalba MSP and Alison Bavidge
From 1 October, the Coronavirus Recovery and Reform Act abolishes mandatory grounds for repossession (ie for eviction) and the First Tier Tribunal will only evict where the members believe it to be reasonable in the circumstances. Given these significant changes, Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay interviewed Daryl McIntosh from Propertymark, while co-host Jimmy Black spoke to Labour MSP for the North East, Mercedes Villalba, and Alison Bavidge from the Scottish Association of Social Work. Kieran and Jimmy then catch up to discuss those interviews and the impact of the new legislation. Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-the-dramatic-changes-brought-by-abolishing-mandatory-evictions Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/
26:27
August 03, 2022
16 - Housing standards, Grenfell, regulation and tenant representation with Alistair McIntosh
Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay and co-host Jimmy Black embark on a whistle-stop tour of housing issues with Housing Quality Network CEO Alistair McIntosh taking in housing standards, Grenfell, regulation, tenant representation and much more. Alistair helped to set up the arm's length organisation which operated Grenfell Tower and remembers the strong, capable tenants involved at the start. He's been watching the Grenfell Inquiry closely and is disappointed by the failure of so many professionals to prevent the tragedy. He is also completely convinced that the trend to fill housing association board positions with professionals to the exclusion of tenants is a big mistake. As he says in one of his own blogs... "A working-class board member is something to be". Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-a-working-class-board-member-is-something-to-be Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news and sign up for our free daily newsletter at https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/
35:06
July 20, 2022
15 - Social housing stigma with Tom Norris
Last month a survey commissioned by Places for People Scotland revealed some of the stigmas that still surround social housing in Scotland. To discuss this in detail, Kieran Findlay and Jimmy Black sit down with Places For People Scotland’s managing director Tom Norris who reveals the mixed results of the survey, his solutions to help eradicate stigma and how Places For People Scotland are implementing some of those in its developments. We also discuss attitudes which may be held by some of those who design and manage social rented housing and the role played by the media. Our article on the report is available here https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/new-scottish-poll-reveals-stigma-and-attitudes-towards-social-housing Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-social-housing-stigma Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up for our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
40:06
July 04, 2022
14 - The Scottish Housing With Care Taskforce with Gareth Lyon
Jimmy Black attends the recent Holyrood launch of the Scottish Housing with Care Taskforce report and speaks to some of those in attendance including Paul McLennan MSP to get a range of views about Housing with Care and how Scotland can meet the challenge of housing an ageing population. Then Kieran Findlay sits down with Gareth Lyon, director of policy and communications at ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), to discuss the taskforce, the report and ARCO's model where older people come together in a purpose-built, carefully designed community, enjoy leisure facilities and receive the care they individually need. The report is available here  https://www.arcouk.org/sites/default/files/SHWCT%20findings%20document%20June%2022.pdf Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-housing-with-care-what-does-it-mean Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up for our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
30:37
June 21, 2022
13 – Affordability with Michael Carberry and John Blackwood
The use of the term ‘affordable’ has been helpful to those who deliver homes in Scotland, but for others, it has become vague and redundant. Michael Carberry of Blochairn Housing Association is one of the latter. Thankfully, he agreed to come on to the podcast to air his views. John Blackwood from the Scottish Association of Landlords tackles the affordability question for landlords and tenants in the private rented sector and we also hear from Gordon Maloney and members of tenants’ union Living Rent*. *Jimmy's introduction refers to Living Rent as a private tenants union. In fact, tenants of all tenures are members of Living Rent. Blochairn Housing Association - https://blochairn.org/ Scottish Association of Landlords - https://scottishlandlords.com/ Living Rent- https://www.livingrent.org/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-affordable Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up for our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
43:58
May 16, 2022
12 – Empty homes with Shaheena Din
Scottish Empty Homes Partnership national project manager Shaheena Din joins Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay to discuss the number of empty homes in Scotland and outline why local authorities should have an Empty Homes Officer and empty homes strategy. Scottish Empty Homes Partnership - https://emptyhomespartnership.scot/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-filling-up-the-empties Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up for our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
35:01
May 03, 2022
11 - Poverty and inequality with Aaron Hill and Kirsty McKechnie
Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay are joined by Kirsty McKechnie, early warning system project manager at the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland,and Aaron Hill, director of membership and policy at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, for a fascinating discussion on poverty and inequality where they find much to agree on about the links between housing and social security. SFHA - https://www.sfha.co.uk/ Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland - https://cpag.org.uk/scotland Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-no-social-housing-without-the-social Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up for our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
40:57
April 19, 2022
10 – Procurement with Simon Payne and Hugh Carr
Two days later than usual, this episode sees Simon Payne, category manager at Stirling Council, and Hugh Carr, head of strategic procurement at Scotland Excel, steer Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay through the world of public sector procurement and discuss how the current framework process helps alleviate much of the current challenges. Stirling Council - https://stirling.gov.uk/ Scotland Excel - https://home.scotland-excel.org.uk/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-being-passionate-about-procurement Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
31:18
April 06, 2022
9 – Gigha and community ownership with Ailsa Raeburn
Fresh from the 20th anniversary celebrations of the community buy out on the Isle of Gigha,  Community Land Scotland chair Ailsa Raeburn joins Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay to share the community successes, highlight the transformation of the island’s homes and discuss the parallels between community enterprises and community-based housing associations. Community Land Scotland - https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/ Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust - https://www.gigha.org.uk/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-you-cannot-own-the-land-the-land-owns-you This episode was sponsored by DTL Creative, your go to partner for improving the Social Housing Sector through leading edger technology and innovation. https://www.dtl-creative.co.uk/ Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
28:40
March 21, 2022
8 - Homelessness with Gordon MacRae and Martin Gavin
Shelter Scotland’s deputy director Gordon MacRae and Martin Gavin, improvement lead at Homeless Network Scotland, join Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay to discuss the present homelessness situation in Scotland. Despite strong cross-party consensus on eradicating homelessness and the strong partnerships between government, councils, health, social care and the third sector, the number of homelessness applications is still stubbornly high. Find out the opinions of both charities on why this is the case and what can be, and is being, done to reverse the trend. Shelter Scotland - https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/ Homeless Network Scotland - https://homelessnetwork.scot/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-homelessness-doing-everything-right-but-still-getting-it-wrong Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
37:59
March 07, 2022
7 – Modular construction with Jennifer Higgins and Andy Kennedy
Jennifer Higgins, the managing director of Connect Modular, part of the Wee House Group, and Andy Kennedy, the project manager for the £13 million Hillcrest development at Dundee’s Victoria Dock, join Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay to talk all things modular construction. Building homes in factories and transporting them to the site has numerous benefits, but the method is not without its challenges, especially within the current landscape of Brexit. The Wee House Company - https://theweehousecompany.co.uk/ Hillcrest - https://www.hillcrest.org.uk/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-modular-housebuilding Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
34:11
February 21, 2022
6 – Mid-market rent with Ann Leslie and Matthew Busher
Ann Leslie of Lar Housing Trust and Matthew Busher of Kingdom Group join Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay to talk all things mid-market rent (MMR). Find out the typical tenant demographics, funding structure and future expansion plans of both organisations who approach MMR from slightly different angles. Ann Leslie also expands on her Appreciation of Rani Dhir, who sadly passed away this year. https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/rani-dhir-an-appreciation-by-ann-leslie Kingdom Housing Association - https://www.kingdomhousing.org.uk/ Lar Housing Trust - https://larhousingtrust.co.uk/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-mid-market-rents-are-they-the-answer Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
33:13
February 07, 2022
5 – Technology enabled care with Geraldine Begg and Heather Dorling
Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay are joined by Geraldine Begg, technology enabled care in housing lead at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Heather Dorling, the team manager of Loreburn Housing Association’s Later Living Service, to hear about how Loreburn is using technology to provide a range of services to residents in its enhanced housing developments, the infinite potential available if organisations work together effectively and how other housing associations can get involved. Technology Enabled Care in Housing - https://techousing.co.uk/ Loreburn Housing Association - https://loreburn.org.uk/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-your-house-can-hear-feel-and-maybe-rescue-you-if-you-let-it Kieran Findlay is the editor of Scottish Housing News. Jimmy Black is a former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner. Feedback on this episode and the podcast is welcome via our social media channels: https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
34:60
January 24, 2022
4 - Looking back with Craig Sanderson and Lesley Baird
Former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black is joined by former Link Group chief executive Craig Sanderson and TPAS Scotland chief executive Lesley Baird as they cast their minds back to a time when modern housing associations were new and tenants struggled to be heard. Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/articles/blacks-blog-making-up-the-rules Feedback on this episode is welcome via our social media channels https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
33:59
December 13, 2021
3 – Faulty roofs, lower rents and decarbonising tenements with Councillor Anne Rendall and Professor Douglas Robertson
Former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black and Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay speak with Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services convenor Cllr Anne Rendall who reflects on £4.4 million of faulty roofs, keeping rents down, and building new houses in Dundee. The attention then turns to the private rented sector with Professor Douglas Robertson, who has chaired the Scottish Government’s Private Rented Sector Strategy Group which steered the reforms introduced by the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016. He outlines the challenges of decarbonising tenements, particularly in a situation where many suffer from leaky roofs! Professor Robertson is currently involved in Rent Better, a three year research programme funded by the Nationwide Foundation into private renting in Scotland. (Rent Better invites landlords and tenants to contribute their views below: https://rentbetter.indigohousegroup.com/call-for-landlords-and-letting-agents/ https://rentbetter.indigohousegroup.com/call-for-private-renting-tenants/ Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/podcast-carbon-neutral-i-don-t-see-how A feature on the pioneering retrofit of a pre-1919 tenement to Passivhaus enerPHit standards being undertaken on behalf of Southside Housing Association in Glasgow that was mentioned in the episode is available here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/retrofitting-niddrie-road-the-pre-1919-tenement-undergoing-a-21st-century-revamp Feedback on this episode is welcome via our social media channels https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/admin/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
25:41
November 29, 2021
2 - ESG and financing decarbonisation with Nick Pollard
Former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black and Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay speak with Link Group’s finance director Nick Pollard about Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), its role in Link’s £80 million funding deal from Scottish Widows and why investors are increasingly seeking to back climate-friendly projects. Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/black-s-blog-it-s-the-cost-of-change-not-the-price-of-heat-pumps-and-what-s-esg Our article announcing Link Group’s finance deal is available here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/sustainability-status-secures-link-group-s-ground-breaking-80m-scottish-widows-funding-deal And news of the Wheatley Group deal mentioned in the episode can be read here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/wheatley-launches-sustainable-finance-framework This episode is part of Scottish Housing News’ #COP26SHN feature showcasing the efforts of Scotland’s dynamic affordable housing sector to tackle the climate crisis. https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/tag/cop26shn New contributions are still welcome and feel free to join in the conversation on social media using #COP26SHN. Feedback on this episode is welcome via our social media channels https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/admin/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
22:59
November 15, 2021
1 - Housing's response to the net zero challenge with Teresa Bray and David Bookbinder
Former Dundee housing convener and housing justice campaigner Jimmy Black and Scottish Housing News editor Kieran Findlay co-host the first episode of The Scottish Housing News Podcast. Coinciding with the launch of our COP26 feature showcasing the efforts of Scotland’s dynamic affordable housing sector, this episode includes a scene-setting round table discussion featuring David Bookbinder, director of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, and Teresa Bray from the Existing Homes Alliance and chief executive of ChangeWorks. Jimmy Black has written a blog to accompany the episode, here: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/admin/article/black-s-blog-gas-boilers-are-on-the-way-out-storage-heaters-are-on-the-way-in-well-maybe Once published, all the COP26 articles will be available to view here:  https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/tag/cop26shn New contributions are still welcome and feel free to join in the conversation on social media using #COP26SHN. Feedback on this episode is welcome via our social media channels https://twitter.com/ScotHousingNews https://www.linkedin.com/company/28156734/admin/ https://www.facebook.com/ScotHousingNews Read all our news at www.scottishhousingnews.com and sign up to our free daily newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bkCDxL
27:51
November 01, 2021